teaching experience

As a teaching assistant, I have five years of experience in the classroom. In this time, I have taught a range of courses in the Department of Geography at Syracuse University, from World Cultures to Global Environmental Change. I also have experience as a graduate facilitator for University College at Syracuse University and as a teaching assistant for the Department of Geography at San Diego State University. Please see below for a complete list of courses, programs, and links to samples of related materials (all materials are my own, unless otherwise noted).


GEO 171 - human geographies

I am currently one of three teaching assistants for GEO 171, Human Geographies, a survey-level course on human geography. Each week, I lead two discussion sections with a total of 50 students. I am also responsible for grading student assignments and exams and holding office hours.

Syllabus, prepared by Professor Timur Hammond

Sample lesson plan, used in discussion section


GEO 272 - world cultures

In fall 2017 and 2015, I was the teaching assistant for GEO 272, World Cultures, an introductory course to cultural geography. Each week, I led three discussion sections with a total of 75 students. I was also responsible for grading student assignments and exams, holding office hours, and guest lecturing on my current research.

Syllabus, prepared by Professor Jamie Winders

Sample peer review worksheet, used to help improve student writing in discussion section

Summary of student evaluations


GEO 103 - environment & society

In spring 2016, I was one of two teaching assistants for GEO 103, Environment & Society, an introductory course to the natural environment and its relationship to social, cultural, and political life. Each week, I led three discussion sections with a total of 75 students. I was also responsible for grading student assignments and exams, holding office hours, and designing essay prompts for assignments.

Syllabus, prepared by Professor Matt Huber

Sample essay prompt, used for one of the writing assignments in class

Summary of student evaluations


GEO 215 - global environmental change

In fall 2014 and spring 2015, I was the teaching assistant for GEO 215, Global Environmental Change, a survey-level course on global environmental issues and climate change. Each week, I led three discussion sections with a total of 75 students. I was also responsible for grading student assignments and exams and holding office hours.

Syllabus, prepared by Professor Susan Millar

Sample lesson plan, used in discussion section

Summary of student evaluations


university college

In summer 2017, I was one of three graduate facilitators for the Fulbright Pre-Academic Program in the English Language Institute at University College, a mentoring program for international Fulbright students as they enter the U.S. to complete graduate work. For four weeks, I was responsible for mentoring and advising a total of 12 Fulbright scholars from Iraq, Cameroon, Myanmar, Colombia, as well as other locations. I also led daily workshops on graduate life and attended various events. 


san diego state university

At San Diego State University, I was a teaching assistant for GEOG 324, Latin America, in fall 2013, a survey-level course on Latin American geography and history. I was responsible for grading select student assignments and exams. I was also a teaching assistant for GEOG 340, Geography of Food, in fall 2012, a mid-level course on the global practices, politics, and geographies of food. I was responsible for grading select student assignments and exams.


applied teaching

I have engaged in public scholarship throughout my career at Syracuse University. I value opportunities to connect with wider audiences while building meaningful relationships between my research and teaching that extend beyond the classroom. These experiences have included guest lectures at public events—such as the Refugee Advocacy Program held by the RAICES in San Antonio, Texas—as well as invited talks for international organizations—such as the Humanitarian Aid Center for Migrants in Oaxaca, Mexico.